TORONTO, ONT – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his spouse, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, introduced Wednesday that they’re separating after 18 years of marriage.

The 2 mentioned in statements posted on Instagram that they made the choice after “many meaningful and difficult conversations.” An announcement from the prime minister’s workplace mentioned they each have signed a authorized separation settlement.

Trudeau, the 51-year-old scion of certainly one of Canada’s most well-known politicians, was sworn into workplace in 2015. Sophie Trudeau is a former mannequin and TV host. The couple had been married in 2005. Collectively, they introduced star energy to the prime minister’s workplace and appeared within the pages of Vogue journal.

They’ve three youngsters, 15-year-old Xavier, 14-year-old Ella-Grace and 9-year-old Hadrien.

“As always, we remain a close family with deep love and respect for each other and for everything we have built and will continue to build,” the 2 mentioned on Instagram.

An official acquainted with the matter mentioned the kids he’ll proceed to reside at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, the place he has lived since 2015, and the kids will primarily reside there to keep up stability.

The official mentioned she has moved to a separate Ottawa residence, however will spend time at Rideau Cottage at occasions together with when he’s travelling. The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t approved to talk publicly.

She has performed a much less seen position in recent times, not often touring with the prime minister on official journeys. The 2 had been seen collectively publicly at Canada Day occasions in Ottawa final month.

“They remain a close family, and Sophie and the prime minister are focused on raising their kids in a safe, loving and collaborative environment,” the assertion from Trudeau’s workplace mentioned. “The family will be together on vacation, beginning next week.”

His office requested respect for their privacy.

Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire met as children when she was a classmate of his youngest brother, Michel, and they reconnected as adults when they co-hosted a 2003 charity gala.

Trudeau is the second prime minister to announce a separation while in office.

His father, Pierre Trudeau, and mother, Margaret Trudeau, separated in 1979 and divorced in 1984 during the elder Trudeau’s final year in the prime minister’s office.

Margaret Trudeau wrote in her memoir that she had a romance with Senator Ted Kennedy. During a 1977 visit to Washington, D.C. with Pierre, she sat listening to her husband’s speech before Congress while feeling “torn between an intense need for him and a longing for Ted Kennedy.” Margaret wrote she became infatuated with Kennedy after meeting him a few years earlier. She told Kennedy that he “had not destroyed my marriage but that I had used him to help me destroy a marriage that was already over.”

Just weeks later Margaret, who had then-undiagnosed mental illness, left her husband to party with the Rolling Stones in Toronto. The marriage ended soon after that.

Justin, who was a baby when his dad and mom separated, wrote in his 2014 guide “Common Ground” that public life took its toll. “I knew, even then, that the demands imposed by the life my parents were leading affected them far more than the ordinary stress of parenthood,” he wrote.

Justin Trudeau channeled the star power of his Liberal icon father when he first won office in 2015. Scandals, voter fatigue and economic inflation have taken a toll on his popularity after eight years in power.

Just a few months ago Trudeau posted a picture of himself holding hands with his wife on their anniversary and wrote, “Every mile of this journey together is an adventure. I love you, Soph. Happy anniversary!”

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